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Recommended Reads February 2018

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Movie Night

Author: Lucy Courtenay
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
ISBN: 9781444930733
Published Date: 11 Jan 2018
RRP: £7.99

If you love rom-coms you'll love this sassy, funny romance that will make you fall head over heels with the help of twelve classic films and a misbehaving cat named Nigel. Perfect for fans of Zoella, Geek Girl and Holly Bourne.One: I am hopelessly in love with Hanna Bergdahl. Two: for the first time since our recent reunion Hanna Bergdahl appears to be single. And three: I am stuck in that inescapable netherworld of demons and acne - the Friend Zone.Sol and Hanna were best friends at primary school and after reuniting at college, they spend approximately seventy per cent of daylight hours together. When disaster strikes at a New Year's Eve party and Hannah sees new boyfriend Danny Dukas kissing Lizzie Banks, a New Year's Resolution is formed. Sol and Hanna will watch one film a month for twelve months until the next New Year. After all, films hold answers to life's hardest questions. Maybe they'll figure out why they are both members of the dumpee club. Only Sol Adams has a new year's resolution of his own: to kiss Hanna Bergdahl before the year is over. Will Sol ever defeat the Friend Zone? 

The Memory Book

Author: Lara Avery
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
ISBN: 9781784299248
Published Date: 26 Jan 2017
RRP: £7.99

Fans of All the Bright Places and The Fault in Our Stars will fall head-over-heels for this wonderfully original portrait of love and loss.Samantha McCoy has it all mapped out. First she's going to win the national debating championship, then she's going to move to New York and become a human rights lawyer.But when Sam discovers that a rare disease is going to take away her memory, the future she'd planned so perfectly is derailed before its started. Realising that her life won't wait to be lived, Sam sets out on a summer of firsts. The first party. The first rebellion. The first friendship. The last love. 

Beyond the Bright Sea

Author: Lauren Wolk
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
ISBN: 9780552574303
Published Date: 01 Jun 2017
RRP: £6.99

'Harper Lee has a worthy successor. Wolk is a big new talent' - The Times 

Crow has lived her whole life on a tiny, starkly beautiful island. Her only companions are Osh, the man who rescued her from a washed-up skiff as a baby and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbour across the sandbar. But it is only when a mysterious fire appears across the water that an unspoken question of her own history forms in Crow's heart, and an unstoppable chain of events is triggered. Crow sets out to find her lost identity - and, ultimately, to learn what it means to be a family. 

Vivid and heartfelt, Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted, gripping tale of buried treasure and belonging. 

Ariadnis

Author: Josh Martin
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
ISBN: 9781784298210
Published Date: 09 Feb 2017
RRP: £7.99

We are the ones who came after the comet. We survived the great wave that covered the world. We are the chosen.The first in a breathtaking and unique series, packed with magic, prophecy, and a thrilling competition, for fans of Melinda Salisbury and Victoria Aveyard.Aula and Joomia have been chosen to decide the fate of their people. On their eighteenth birthday, the girls will compete in a mysterious and dangerous trial to prevent a war between their two nations.Now, with just a year left, Aula and Joomia must prepare. There's no time for friendship, no space for love. But how can you train for a deadly challenge you know nothing about?Only one girl will claim Ariadnis's final prize. Only one will survive. 

Arcadia Awakens

Author: Kai Meyer
Publisher: Templar Publishing
ISBN: 9781848776319
Published Date: 01 Sep 2012
RRP: £6.99

When troubled teenager Rosa escapes her life in New York to stay with family in Sicily, she stumbles into a sinister Mafia underworld of murder, corruption and bitter, generations-old rivalries. How is handsome, mysterious stranger Alessandro involved? And why is Rosa so powerfully drawn to him, even though she knows he spells danger for her and her family?Simmering at the heart of the conflict is an ancient myth surrounding the vanished empire of Arcadia and its people, who, in the tales of legend, could shapeshift into animal form. Can Rosa unravel the dark secrets of the past before untamed savagery is unleashed on the present?